(DEVELOPING STORY) – The remains of a child were recovered at a Knox County house in connection to a Roane County case where a young girl’s remains were found. A search warrant reveals remains believed to be a child of Michael Gray Sr. and Shirley Gray were found on the property on Cedarbreeze Road. The home belongs to their son, Michael Gray, Jr. All lived at the home in Halls for a few years before Gray Sr and his wife moved to Roane County.
According to the search warrant for the Cedarbreeze Road home, investigators determined the Grays never reported the deaths of two of their adopted children.
One of the Grays’ adopted children, who was confined in the basement of the Knox County home with limited food and no running water, told investigators of similar treatment to his brother before he became ill and disappeared from the residence, according to the warrant. He was told by his parents that his brother went to live with another family.
Gray Jr. denied being aware child abuse or neglect occurred and denied to investigators being aware that one of the children had been buried in the backyard of the residence.
The warrant states investigators believe Michael Gray Jr. was aware of child abuse and neglect at the Knox County home and claimed the two deceased children on federal income tax returns as dependents for at least the past calendar year.
Charges are pending.